X - The eXploited

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Hungary | 2018 | 114 minutes | Karoly Ujj Meszaros

In this noir thriller, two Hungarian detectives team up to re-examine whether a string of suicides were actually murders with roots in their country's dark Communist past.

In a world turned upside-down, can one lone hero truly make a difference? Hungarian police detective Eva Batiz's skill set is pretty grim; she arrives onto crime scenes that are classified as suicides or accidents and investigates whether or not they are actually the result of foul play. But ever since the suicide of her husband—himself another well-respected detective—she suffers from repeated panic attacks, a disorder that has relegated her to permanent desk duty and a low standing among her peers. But the new head of homicide at HQ has a gut feeling that a recent string of suicides are anything but, a hunch Eva confirms through details nobody else sees or even cares to see. Now back out in the field, Eva and her temporary new partner discover a pattern, pointing to a devious conspiracy plot with roots in their country's dark Communist past. In his follow-up to Liza The Fox-Fairy—which won the SIFF 2015 New Directors Competition—director Karoly Ujj-Meszaros trades in that film's dark fairy tale vibe for slick, information-thick detective noir, equal parts Copycat and Three Days Of The Condor, and comes out with one of the Fest's most exciting offerings.

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Director Biography
Hungarian writer and director Karoly Ujj-Meszaros, born in 1968, is known for A Haz (2004) and Liza The Fox Fairy (2015), which won the New Directors Competition at SIFF 2015. He has won several awards at film festivals globally with X - The Exploited (2018), winning Best Film at Braunschweig International Film Festival and Best Screenplay at Fantasporto, a prize he shared with writer Balint Hegedus.

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  • Original Language Title: X - A rendszerbol torolve
  • Director: Karoly Ujj Meszaros
  • Principal Cast: Moni Balsai, Zoltan Schmied, Zsofi Bujak, Janos Kulka, Szabolcs Bede-Fazekas
  • Country: Hungary
  • Year: 2018
  • Running Time: 114 minutes
  • Producer: Andras Muhi, Gabor Ferenczy
  • Screenplay: Karoly Ujj Meszaros, Balint Hegedus
  • Cinematographers: Martin Szecsanov
  • Editors: Gyula Mozes
  • Music: Daniel Csengery
  • Filmography: Liza, the Fox-Fairy (2015)
  • Language: Hungarian
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: The Hungarian National Film Fund